SEVEN Networks

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SEVEN Networks, Inc.
Industry Mobile software
Founded 2000
Headquarters San Carlos, California

SEVEN Networks, Inc. is a privately funded American corporation founded in 2000 with headquarters in San Carlos, California. The company has research and development centers in California and Finland. It had about 265 employees in 2010.[1]

SEVEN mobile messaging products are turnkey multi-device, multi-service computer software for operators and device manufacturers. The company claims its products have a desktop-like experience for core messaging applications like email, instant messagings and social networking.


The company was formerly known as Leap Corporation and changed its name to SEVEN Networks, Inc. in December 2000.[2] In 2004 the company was selected for FierceWireless' list of 15 promising and innovative wireless startups of the year.[3] By 2005, colorful CEO Bill Nguyen had left to start another company.[4] In 2006, the company announced Sprint as a customer.[5]

Since then, the company expanded its products to support email services, added mobile instant messaging applications, analytics and social networking. In 2010, the company announced it was selected by Samsung Electronics to provide push technology for Samsung Social Hub, a social networking and integrated messaging service available on several of the company’s handsets.[6] In January 2010, the company claimed in a press release to have more than eight million accounts actively synchronized on mobile devices using its software.[1][7] In early 2011, the company announced Verizon Wireless as a customer[8] and also announced Open Channel.[9]

Open Channel[edit]

The Open Channel product line focuses on mobile traffic management and optimization. There are Open Channel products for wireless signaling optimization, carrier network policy enforcement, and mobile data offloading.[10] Open Channel was launched in February 2011 to help carriers manage the impact of push technology for message notifications on their networks. It works by monitoring all requests for data from smartphone applications, such as Facebook, email, Twitter, which make up to hundreds of requests per hour, with only a small fraction of them actually returning data.[11]

The platform acts as a buffer in the network, determining when content for a particular app is available and then allowing the phone to get that content.[12] Early tests estimated mobile devices might reduce their time on a network by up to 40 percent and mobile traffic by up to 70 percent while boosting battery life by up to 25 percent.[13]

Open Channel is transparent to connected applications and requires no changes or special integration by mobile developers. Additionally, it does not require changes to the network and can work in conjunction with new standards for fast network dormancy, smart signaling and other network optimizations.[14] In February 2011, Open Channel received the GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough in2011.[15]

In February 2013, Open Channel added offerings for policy enforcement and offloading.[16] Also in early 2013, Toronto-based wireless operator Public Mobile selected Open Channel to manage network signaling and help reduce service costs stemming from non-optimized mobile applications and unnecessary data traffic that was creating excess network congestion.[10]


The firm works with mobile platform providers, device manufacturers, email messaging solutions and providers of services in the cloud, and infrastructure partners, to sell mobile messaging services.

Its systems use commonly deployed mobile platforms including Android,[17] bada, BREW,[18] J2ME,[19] Symbian and Windows Mobile.[20] They work on products from device manufacturers, including: HTC, INQ, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Sanyo, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson; and are embedded on more than 550 device types.[21] The firm has partnered with many of the top Internet Service Providers including Google, Microsoft (Exchange and Windows Live) and Yahoo!,[citation needed] and infrastructure providers such as Equinix,[22] Savvis and Oracle.



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  4. ^ "Bill Nguyen: The Boy in the Bubble". Fast Company. October 19, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
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  22. ^ Equinix retrieved 17 March 2011

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